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for the dress. You would oblige us extremely by forwarding to us the votes of the Houses, the King's Speech 4, and the Magazines; or if you had any such thing as a little book called the Foreigner's Guide through the City of London and the Liberties of Westminster; or a Letter to a Freeholder ; or the Political Companion: then 'twould be an infinite obligation if you would neatly band-box up a baby dressed after the newest Temple fashion now in use at both playhouses. Alack-a-day! We shall just arrive in the tempest of elections!
As our departure depends entirely upon the weather, we cannot tell you to a day when we shall say, Dear West, how glad I am to see you! and all the many questions and answers that we shall give and take. Would the day were come! Do but figure to yourself the journey we are to pass through first! But you can't conceive Alps, Apennines, Italian inns and postchaises. I tremble at the thoughts. They were just sufferable while new and unknown, and as we met them by the way in coming to Florence, Rome, and Naples; but they are passed ; and the mountains remain! Well, write to one in the interim; direct to me addressed to Monsieur Selwyn, chez Monsieur Alexandra, rue St. Apolline, a Paris. If Mr. Alexandre is not there, the street is, and I believe that will be sufficient. Adieu, my dear child !
38. To THE KEY. JOSEPH SPENCE.
SlR, Florence, Feb. 21, 1741. N.S.
Not having time last post, I begged Mr. Mann to thank you for the obliging paragraph for me in your letter to him. But as I desire a nearer correspondence with you than by
4 Parliament met Nov. 18, 1740.